Sunday, May 13, 2018

Fundamentalist Christianity compared to Fundamentalist Islam

We often hear “fundamentalist Christianity” used in a negative way, especially over the last few decades.  “Oh, he’s a ‘fundamentalist’.  He’s really extreme in his views.  Crazy.”

On the other hand, “fundamentalist Islam” is referred to on Wikipedia as merely

…a movement of Muslims who think back to earlier times and seek to return to the fundamentals of the religion[1] and live similarly to how the prophet Muhammad and his companions lived. Islamic fundamentalists favor "a literal and originalist interpretation" of the primary sources of Islam (the Quran and Sunnah),[2] seek to eliminate (what they perceive to be) "corrupting" non-Islamic influences from every part of their lives[3] and see "Islamic fundamentalism" as a pejorative term used by outsiders for Islamic revivalism and Islamic activism.[4]

Doesn’t that sound sweet.  How faithful of them.  What the academic and intellectual definitions fail to mention is that the “fundamentals of Islam call for Islamic supremacy through terror and intimidation, just as Muhammad practiced and promoted.

On the other hand, fundamentalist Christianity is the belief by Christians in the inerrancy of Scripture, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sins, and eternal life through trust in Christ.

Wikipedia correctly notes the negative connotation attributed to Christianity:

The term fundamentalist is controversial in the 21st century, as it can carry the connotation of religious extremism, even though it was coined by movement leaders. Some who hold these beliefs reject the label of "fundamentalism", seeing it as too pejorative,[9] while to others it has become a banner of pride.

So, in current reporting, fundamentalist Islam is not so bad.  It just promotes the original faith and practice of Muhammad while fundamentalist Christianity is extreme and worthy of mockery.

Here is a video that graphically depicts the reality of fundamentalists of each religion…

Here is one of the better books available that more accurately and fairly defines Christian fundamentalism than our leftist, anti-Christian media do…

Fundamentalism and the American Culture - 2006

A blurb introducing this book says this:

“ In the late nineteenth century American Protestantism was gradually dividing between liberals who were accepting new scientific and higher critical views that contradicted the Bible and defenders of the more traditional evangelicalism. By the 1920s a full-fledged "fundamentalist" movement had developed in protest against theological changes in the churches and changing mores in the culture. Building on networks of evangelists, Bible conferences, Bible institutes, and missions agencies, fundamentalists coalesced into a major protest movement that proved to have remarkable staying power.”

Understanding the history and original usage of terms freely thrown around today is very helpful to understanding reality versus the fiction and “fake news” we get from most media.

There couldn’t be a more striking example of this than the false distinctions made between “fundamentalist Islam” and “fundamentalist Christianity.”

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